Building a Ditty Box--first project for my nephew #1: Entry One--Learning Woodworking Skills

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Blog entry by CharlesA posted 07-18-2014 08:13 PM 2584 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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My high school age great nephew is staying with us for a week to learn some woodworking skills. I gave hime a list of possible projects and we ended up with this ditty box:

We bought the plans from the website, partially so they could be part of the educational process.

We began with a tour of the shop and a the standard safety talk. He’s taking things quite seriously. We’re going to make the box out of curly maple and cherry.

We start out learning some of the basics of hand tools. Here he’s having the fun of learning to joint the edge of a board with a plane. He caught on quickly.

Couldn’t let me use the miter saw or table saw to crosscut a board before using the hand saw. Although I was pretty mean to him in that his first hand tool experiences were on maple. Ouch.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 07-19-2014 11:50 PM

Haha, maple’s not that bad, but it’s not easy either. If he points his middle finger out he’ll get more control over the cut. Great thing you’re doing helping him learn a manual skill.

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